Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts That You Can Give Your Cat for the Holidays

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

Make the Purrfect Gift For Your Fluffy Friend This Holiday Season

Your cat will pawsitively love these DIY cat gifts. They’re perfect for any time of year, but with a little holiday twist in December, they are the perfect way to help you and your cat get into the holiday spirit together.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

1) Gingerbread Man Cat Toy

Homemade gingerbread men are the perfect holiday gift for the kitty in your life. Soft felt fabric is cuddly and chewable for tiny playful teeth, and they’re inexpensive to make on the fly. Fill the belly of the gingerbread man with catnip or another tasty cat treat to make it that much more enjoyable.

Check out the DIY tutorial on how to make one of these adorable gingerbread men at Dream a Little Bigger. Allison from Dream a Little Bigger decided to make her gingerbread men distressed possibly running from a cat? but you can decorate yours however you like.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

2) Cardboard Cat Castle

A cardboard hangout spot is the perfect gift for curious cats who love to lounge in odd locations. You can fill the cardboard palace with pillows and it’s perfect to snuggle up inside of. In the summertime, you can remove the warm layers so your cat can happily lounge around at the right temperature all year round.

We love the DIY tutorial from Happiness is Homemade. Heidi from Happiness is Homemade uses a single box, gluing it together with hot glue and decorating it with paint to make it express the personality of her cat. You can decorate yours to fit with the holiday season, or keep it evergreen with neutral adornments.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

3) Homemade Cat Scratcher

You’ll be giving a gift to both your cat and yourself with this clever homemade gift. You can use remnants of an old carpet, dishrag, or other scrap fabric as the body of the scratcher. From there, cover a wooden plank or a two-by-four with the fabric, using wood glue.

You can let the scratcher sit on the floor, lean against the wall, or turn it into a door scratcher when you follow this handy DIY tutorial from Martha Stewart.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

4) Homebaked Cat Treats

Cats may not love sugar, but they’ll still love a special treat to munch on during the holiday season. This recipe from Mess for Less uses Tuna for a flavor that your fluffy friend will love.

Use holiday or winter-themed cookie cutters to make these a really festive snack that your cat will go wild over.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

5) Soothing Pet Paw Balm

When the weather is colder, your cat’s paws may get cracked and dry just like your own skin. Keep your kitty’s feet moisturized and happy so that he or she can play without irritated paws.

This paw balm recipe from Frugally Sustainable uses coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax, for a luxuriously moisturizing elixir that can be used on both cats and dogs. If you plan on improvising with this recipe, remember that essential oils like lavender oil can be potentially toxic to cats, so make sure to do plenty of research before adding scent.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

6) Yarn Ball Catnip Toy

Cats love yarn, and they love catnip so why not combine the two to make a toy that will entertain them for hours? This DIY yarn ball catnip toy starts with a Styrofoam ball. Coat the ball in modge podge and roll it around in a bowl of catnip. Then wrap the styrofoam catnip ball in yarn. Find the full recipe at Joy the Baker.

For the yarn, use holiday colors like blue and white for Hanukkah or red and green for Christmas for a festive spin on this playful cat toy.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

7) Holiday Sock Catnip Toy

This catnip toy is probably the easiest one in this list. Simply add a spoonful of catnip to a sock and tie the end tightly. For a holiday-themed toy, use a pair of holiday socks like one from this pack of 12 socks from Target.

And you can tie a bell to the sock for an added sense of holiday cheer and playful feistiness.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

8) Cat Hammock

Make your cat a cozy hangout spot that’s perfect for lounging around for hours on a cozy winter afternoon. You can make one using leftover felt or other soft fabric and a cardboard box. Check out this tutorial from One Good Thing to make a two story cat hammock.

Give your cat hammock a holiday twist by wrapping the cardboard structure in wrapping paper or using fabric with winter scenes on it.

Ten Handmade and Homemade Gifts for your cat

9) Paper Towel Roll Cat Toy

Recycle empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make these adorable and fun cat toys. Poke holes around the rolls and insert plastic straws into the holes. Use hot glue to secure the straws in place.

You can also use pom poms, pipe cleaners, and feathers to decorate a toilet paper roll. Find the full tutorial at The Samantha Show. You can also fill the rolls with your cat’s favorite treat and fold the ends down for an added bit of fun.

10) Knotted T-Shirt Cat Toys

Use colorful old t-shirts to create fun little toys for your cat to gnaw on and wrestle with. Cut the old t-shirts into short, thin strips and then tie them together with pieces hanging off of both ends.

Trim the ends and let your cat enjoy! Find the full tutorial at Muslin and Merlot.


Show your kitty how much you love and appreciate them with a homemade gift that will entertain them for hours on end. A homemade gift is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and do something extra special for your extra special friend. If you’re looking for something even more special, PDX Pet Design has all your cat gift needs covered. Check out our shop and pick up a SHRU or LICKI Brush, both of which your cat will absolutely love.

[images via: Dream A Little Bigger, Happiness is Homemade, Martha Stewart, Frugally Sustainable, Joy the Baker, Target, One Good Thing By Jillee, The Samantha Show, Muslin & Merlot]

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